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Coral preview two tasty Saturday 3pm battles in northwest

| 08.11.2014

Man Utd v Crystal Palace
The Red Devils are undefeated against Palace in the Premier League era, winning eight of their 10 meetings. Seven of those victories were to nil, and United are odds-on at 1/3 to beat them again and 23/20 to do so without conceding.

However, Louis van Gaal will be without four of his first choice centre backs, with Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo injured and Chris Smalling suspended, following his ill-disciplined sending off in the loss to Manchester City.

Right back Rafael is also sidelined, so the United back four could consist of winger Antonio Valencia, midfielder Michael Carrick and teenagers and Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw again.

The Eagles, therefore, can be backed at an enticing 10/1 to cause an upset and win, as they last did in the League Cup in the 2011/12 campaign. A draw is priced at 4/1.

Radamel Falcao is again out injured, but Van Gaal can call upon two forwards who netted in both fixtures against the Eagles last term, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. They are 10/11 and evens respectively to score again anytime.

Palace have their own absentees in skipper Mile Jedinak (suspended) and Wilfried Zaha (ineligible), but can rely on Dwight Gayle, who has five goals in all competitions so far this season. He is 5/1 to net anytime at Old Trafford.

Burnley v Hull
Basement side Burnley host Hull, having lost their previous three games in the Premier League. The Tigers beat them 1-0 at Turf Moor in their last encounter, which was in the Championship two seasons ago, and are 9/5 slight favourites to defeat them again, and 8/1 by that scoreline.

The Clarets have won three of their last four home games with Hull, who are without a win in three games, though, so can be backed at 8/5 for their first league victory of the campaign, or 23/10 for their fifth draw.

Danny Ings represents the hosts’ best chance of scoring with Coral, being priced at 7/4 in the anytime market. He will be keen to warm his boots up for when he plays for the England Under-21s against Portugal on this same ground next week too.

Hull have a few absentees for this fixture, with Michael Dawson, Alex Bruce, Nikica Jelavic and Robert Snodgrass definitely out, and keepers Allan McGregor and Steve Harper unlikely to feature. But Mohamed Diame is their surprise joint-top scorer in the league this term (with Jelavic), with four, and is 7/2 to net anytime again.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.